Traffic Alert: Pre-Construction Work on Redwood Tower Beginning Downtown

Stay informed on downtown traffic alerts and detours as pre-construction begins on this massive project.

New mid-rise buildings for offices and retail businesses will soon be popping up downtown near Theatre Way and the Caltrain station.

To be called "Redwood Tower," the development will be located adjacent to the Caltrain station on the site of the Middlefield Road parking lot, opening up to Theatre Way.

What does this mean? Traffic downtown may get a bit tricky during construction.

According to a news release sent out by the City of Redwood City Tuesday, "pre-construction" on Redwood Tower has already begun this week.

Yellow construction fencing was put into place this week at the intersection of Middlefield Road and Winslow Street near the Middlefield Road parking lot and Theatre Way.

"This marks the beginning of work to relocate an underground storm culvert, in preparation for next year's construction of Redwood Tower, the next great milestone project in downtown Redwood City," the release read.

The City assured everyone in its news release that all shops, businesses and restaurants on Theatre Way will remain open during all phases of construction. However, there will be some closed-off sections and detours in the area as construction takes place.

The culvert relocation work will continue into the spring of 2013, to be followed by the actual Redwood Tower construction.



  • Theatre Way is now pedestrian-only, and there is no through-traffic for vehicles on Middlefield/Winslow. Pedestrians will have full access.
  • Motorists are advised to be aware of detours, signage and heavy equipment in the area.
  • Parking is encouraged in the Jefferson Avenue underground garage, Marshall Street garage, Sequoia Station underground garage, or the Middlefield Road parking lot (but enter the Middlefield lot only from the entrance near Jefferson).


The City's statement added, "Redwood City apologizes for any disruption, dirt, and noise. The good news is that this is the beginning of the next great milestone project, and the end result will be something that the entire community can be proud of."

More information and updates on this project can be seen online at www.redwoodcity.org/RedwoodTower


PATCH WANTS TO KNOW - What do you think about the forthcoming Redwood Tower? Do you think the traffic detours will make it difficult to visit downtown and Theatre Way? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.


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Davcat October 17, 2012 at 08:45 PM
How is this going to affect the Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings? How far will we have to park and walk to get to it, if it stays in the same location?
Reality Check October 17, 2012 at 10:05 PM
With RWC councilmember and SMCo. TA boardmember Rosanne Foust, being married to current HSRA board member, and former Caltrain JPB and SamTrans board member and former RWC mayor Jim Hartnett, you'd expect that Redwood Tower proposal would be at great pains to avoid hemming in or otherwise restricting the Caltrain right of way and station area in order to ensure there are no conflicts with future Caltrain improvements/modernization plans, with high-speed rail (HSR), with Altamont/Dumbarton Rail, and with Caltrain's own special near-term HSR "blended plan." Instead the city-selected Redwood Tower proposal from Hunter Storm: http://www.redwoodcity.org/phed/planning/DepotCircle/CompleteProposals/HS%20Proposal.pdf seems to encroach on areas that some or all of the above would need for passing tracks (quad-tracking) and/or possible grade separation activities (elevate or depress tracks) and/or station-build out to accommodate cross-platform transfers between Dumbarton and/or HSR.
Jennifer van der Kleut October 17, 2012 at 10:33 PM
@Davcat - I will try and get that question answered for you!
Jennifer van der Kleut October 17, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Here's some clarification from the City regarding the question about the farmers markets: "The Saturday Kiwanis Farmers Market will continue to operate through its regular season (through November). There will be somewhat less parking in the Middlefield lot (loss of up to 25 spaces, still leaving about 200). Only the southern entrance to the Middlefield lot is accessible – from Jefferson only. After parking in the Middlefield lot, it’s a simple walk to the Market." Hope that helps, let us know if you have any other questions we can try and get answered for you!
Reality Check October 18, 2012 at 04:34 AM
Ok, what is the city doing to ensure that any new developments do not preclude or interfere with Caltrain modernization/expansion/grade-separation/electrification or the HSR+Caltrain "blended" plan which envisions 4-track passing track alternatives, some of which include Redwood City, or the SMCTA's long-planned Dumbarton Rail link, or constructing and hosting a joint HSR/Caltrain station (RWC is in the running with Palo Alto for a mid-Peninsula HSR station).


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